Her death is the last of the children of Robert and Sarah Worley, my grandparents, so that generation is now having a grand reunion in Heaven at the beginning of God's rainbow. Her daughter, my first cousin, and I are close and I realize daily how important it is to keep in touch with family. There are only a few left in the generation following Aunt Bobbie, my mother and the other brothers and sisters.
Bobbie Sue was a very special aunt and the last time I spoke to her, she said that she loved me. Isn't it important to tell those you love that you do love them? That will be one thing I will always remember about her.
She visited me and my mother in Florida a few years ago and I remember how she laughed at my little grandson, who was playing explorer and walking with big, careful steps.
Some of my most cherished recipes came from her, as she was a great cook, just like all the Worley girls! In fact, I made her delicious veggie casserole Christmas.
I remember our many family get-togethers in Kentucky when Bobbie Sue and the younger sister, Biddie, would bring dishes to share at our holiday meals. We always drew names at Christmas and exchanged gifts.
I went to Walgreen's this morning to buy a card for my cousin and saw this beautiful holly in the parking lot! Yes, I broke off a piece, perhaps keeping someones car from getting scraped. At least I will rationalize my behavior that way. The holly made me think of Kentucky, where Bobbie still lived. I have never seen so many berries on a small tree before!
This photo is of my Mother's Desert Rose plant beside her cottage, which I now use as a guest cottage/office. I remember Bobbie Sue admiring it a few years ago when she was visiting. I am afraid, though, that the cold has almost killed it and do hope it will come back when it warms up again.
All these beautiful flowers are not as beautiful as a cherished person and I will always remember Bobbie, my mother, the other 4 siblings and my dear grandparents!
And here is my Christmas cactus again; look how full of bloom it is! Let us take time to really enjoy life and the beauty of nature.